Police Officer Trainee

  • City of Asheville
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Apr 25, 2018

Job Description

Job Summary The City of Asheville invites you to apply to start your law enforcement career with The Asheville Police department.  This position performs routine law enforcement work as a trainee of the City Police Department.   Work includes patrolling the City in an official vehicle, on bicycle or on foot to deter crime or apprehend violators or suspects; answering complaint calls, serving legal papers, attending court, and investigating and securing crime scenes, working with community members to identify and solve crime related problems. Work may be performed independently if Field Training Program is successfully completed. Tact and firmness are required in frequent public contact. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Police Department and is supplemented by frequent specific instructions. The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant and is evaluated in terms of adherence to departmental policies and procedures and the effectiveness with which assigned duties are performed.

Full Time 40 Hrs Week; must be able to work rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays. If hired the training schedule is Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.  After training, Police Officers work 12 hour shifts either 6am-6pm, 7am-7pm or 6pm-6 am, 7pm-7am.  

The Hiring Process Includes:
  • Initial Review
  • Entrance Exam & Fitness Assessment (Modified Coopers Exam)
  • Panel Interview & 1:1 Interview
  • Conditional Offer/Drug Screen/Health Assessment*
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Executive Review
*Must successfully complete a pre-employment health assessment to include a hearing and vision test and other requirements set by the NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission. These physicals require a scheduled appointment. The City's Physician or Physician Assistant must provide final clearance. The exams are at the City's expense after a conditional offer is made, but before a final offer of employment.
 The City of Asheville is a culturally diverse community and the Asheville Police Department welcomes all applicants. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Visit the Police Department website for more information on the hiring and selection process:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Participates in patrol of an assigned area of the City. Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments. Answers complaint calls and assists in investigating crimes and disturbances. Interviews witnesses, gathers evidence. Interrogates suspects, makes arrests, and prepares investigation reports.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and performs first aid. Secures and clears accident scenes. Directs traffic.
  • Monitors vehicle speeds with radar, conducts criminal and driving checks and issues summons or warnings.
  • Serves or participates in the service of legal papers, such as citations, subpoenas, warrants and commitment orders. Locates designated parties, explains the meaning of papers and makes arrests when necessary.
  • Appears in court as a witness to give testimony.
  • Attends various community functions to establish law enforcement presence. Interacts with residents as appropriate to establish and maintain positive image of Department and law enforcement activities.
  • Prepares various reports and forms such as case files, offense reports, accident reports, tow sheets and cards, property vouchers and lab requests. 
  • Performs other duties as required.

Required Education & Experience Educational requirement is minimum high school diploma and/or GED. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced degrees and/or military service with an honorable discharge.

Police Officer Trainee must have the ability to obtain certification as a Police Officer through the Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission of North Carolina within six (6) months of assignment to class.

Additional Major Requirements:
  • At least 20 years of age at time of application.
  • Must be in good physical condition with no obvious condition which will impair the performance of duty.
  • Must pass a physical examination, and physical fitness assessment.
  • Must meet vision, hearing, and other physical requirements.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • No felony convictions
  • No serious misdemeanor convictions in the past five years.
  • Valid driver's license required; no suspensions of driving privileges in the past three years.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a polygraph examination.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a psychological evaluation.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a screening test for drugs.

Automatic Disqualification:
  • Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs; 
  • Any prior use of hallucinogenic drug such as LSD;
  • Any use of any illegal drug within the past two (2) years; 
  • Any use of hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin. 
  • As an adult, a pattern of illegal drug use that indicates ongoing recreational use. 
Tattoos and Body Modification: 
  • Tattoos, branding, or intentional scarring will not be visible to the public.
  • Tattoos, brands, or intentional scars will be covered by all employees when representing the department by uniform, business attire or other appropriate covering. 
  • Tattoos, branding, or intentional scarring are not permitted on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or hands.
  • Exceptions may be made for female employees with permanent makeup (e.g., eyeliner, lip liner) that is conservative and natural looking. 
  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service. 
  • Less than honorable discharges will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 
  • Untruthfulness or intentionally withholding information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position.
  • Deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements.
  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Working Conditions
  • Working knowledge of modern law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws pertaining to law enforcement work.
  • Working knowledge of the locations of streets, roads, highways and the geography and socioeconomic characteristics of the City.
  • Working knowledge of the content and purpose of legal papers and the practices involved in serving them.
  • Some knowledge of the standard practices, materials, techniques, and equipment associated with the Patrol Division.
  • Working knowledge of community policing philosophy and the SARA model for Community Policing.
  • Ability to use firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency and routine situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.
  • Ability to apply interpretation of laws to specific situations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to present court testimony effectively.
  • Ability to perform physical functions of position, including physically restraining people.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Majority of work is performed outside of with exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Frequent physical effort is required.